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UPDATE: Rays-Yankees Game 2 set for 7:55 start

It’s supposedly a 3 p.m. start for Rays and Yankees after Wednesday’s postponement, but more rain is in the forecast.
The Yankee Stadium grounds crew has been working  hard to get the field ready, though there could be more rain coming. [MARC TOPKIN | Times].
The Yankee Stadium grounds crew has been working hard to get the field ready, though there could be more rain coming. [MARC TOPKIN | Times].
Published Jul. 18, 2019
Updated Jul. 18, 2019

UPDATE, 7:45: The Rays dropped the opener 6-2. ... Game 2 is set to start at 7:55. ... OF Guillermo Heredia, sent down on Tuesday, will serve as the 26th man. .. . RH Chad Green will be the opener for the Yankees.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Meadows rf

Pham lf

N. Lowe 1b

Diaz dh

Kiermaier dh

Adames ss

Wendle 2b

Brosseau 3b

Zunino c

Morton p

UPDATE, 3:39: The Yankees just announced a 4:20 start.

UPDATE, 3:32: The Yankees just announced there is still no set start time and they will have another update at 4, which would mean probably 4:30 until they could start.

UPDATE, 2:55: The Yankees announced the start of the game will be delayed and have not given a new start time. The tarp is on the field and light rain has been falling.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: It’s raining lightly and the tarp is on, but as of now the plan is to still start the first game at 3. We’ll see. The Rays are keeping quiet on who will be the 26th man for the second game, saying they are still talking through some options and can get someone here in time, which is interesting given that Triple-A Durham is in Toledo. Also, that the pitching options at Durham are limited right now. OF Guillermo Heredia, who was sent down Tuesday, could be an option. ... Cash said the doubleheader won’t have a major impact on their weekend pitching plans, though Jalen Beeks could move up a day and be used for bulk innings on Monday. Assuming both games are played today, Brendan McKay is a good possibility to be called up to start Friday, and Blake Snell seems likely to go Sunday. ... The relievers who benefited from Wednesday’s rainout and should now be available are Diego Castillo and Andrew Kittredge. ... Asked if it’s even more challenging to play the Yankees in a DH, Cash said: "I don’t think you can get any more challenging than what they already are. There’s depth and they’re really good. It’ll be a challenge today for sure.''

DEVELOPING: The Rays and Yankees will try to play two today, with plans to make up Wednesday’s postponement as part of a traditional doubleheader, with the first game slated to start at 3 p.m.

But that’s if rain doesn’t get in the way again.

The forecast is somewhat concerning, with calling for isolated thunderstorms from 5-8 p.m. Not that the Rays have any say in it, but they’d prefer to not sit through extended delays get out of New York at a reasonable hour tonight given they’ve got to fly home and host the White Sox in a weekend series starting Friday night. As of 12:15, the grounds crew still had the tarp on part of the infield and was doing some repair work on other areas of the dirt.

The Rays are pitching scheduled Wednesday starter Yonny Chirinos in the first game, and Charlie Morton as planned in the Thursday night game. The Yankees are using Wednesday starter Domingo German in the first game and either a call-up or an opener (Chad Green) with plans for a bullpen game in the nightcap.

Here is the Rays lineup, same as Wednesday with Kevin Kiermaier hitting cleanup for the first time, and this giving him starts at every spot in the order during his career:

Meadows lf

Diaz 3b

N. Lowe dh

Kiermaier cf

Garcia rf

Choi 1b

d’Arnaud c

Wendle 2b

Adames ss

Chirinos p

And here is the Yankees lineup:

LeMahieu 2b

Judge rf

Hicks cf

Encarnacion dh

Sanchez c

Gregorius ss

Voit 1b

Ushela 3b

Gardner lf

German p


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